we accuse witchAfter several agonizing days, the House Intelligence Committee memo was finally released to the public. President Trump rightfully declassified the document, allowing the American people a chance to learn about the abuses that occurred within the FBI and the Department of Justice.

The President made the courageous decision despite the strenuous objections of Democrats, the media and the FBI. According to the President, the findings are so upsetting that “a lot of people should be ashamed.”

 

jbe fiscal echoWinter is still here. The Louisiana days are getting a little longer. The threat of another special session to plug a massive hole in the budget is getting closer. 

The mantra of fiscal cliff still fills the air as it has now winter after winter, year after year.

untouchablesIt’s been a bad last few weeks for the nation’s top law enforcement agency.  First, an innocent hostage was shot and killed in a botched raid in Houston by an FBI shooter.  Then the television movie series “Waco,” debuted and revisited the FBI killings of innocent victims in both Ruby Ridge and Waco.  And currently, the Bureau faces charges by members of congress of malfeasance and even interfering in the most recent president election.

jindal trump 3Former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has penned an oped published in the Wall Street Journal yesterday that took a not-to-subtle swipe at Republican President Donald Trump, the Republican Party and of course, the Democrats and President Barack Obama. The column was somewhat reminiscent to Jindal's "stupid party" statement he made post-Mitt Romney presidential loss.

TJBE 5mILLIONoday, Gov. John Bel Edwards filed his annual campaign finance report showing that his campaign had $5,013,461.97 cash on hand at the halfway point of his term as governor. 
 
In 2017, Gov. Edwards raised $2,145,518.56 in contributions, with 85 percent of the contributions coming from the citizens of Louisiana.  Gov. Edwards also limited his fundraising, according to state law, to months when the Louisiana Legislature was not in session.

hsh capitolAs of now, what is the shape of the Louisiana political waterfront?

This was the gist of  a series of questions I asked political analyst and pollster Bernie Pinsonat during a Facebook and Twitter live video conference we held on Wednesday. 

fiscal cliff jbeLouisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is going on a full-court radio press to push his side of the fiscal cliff.

Today, the Governor sent out the below summary of his administration hitting the airwaves:

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 14:58
Trump's State of the ONION not very APPEALING
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onion stateThe State of the Onion remains unchanged after Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address gets pealed away. The lengthy speech is unlikely to change much in America’s affect, despite the calls for unity and bipartisanship that have been lacking throughout nearly all of Trump’s first year in office. The morning after speaking, Trump still remains one of the most divisive presidents in history despite various accomplishments achieved with the help of a highly partisan congress.

usa nancyLast night, President Donald Trump delivered a masterful State of the Union address. It was a soaring speech that focused on the accomplishments of his first year as President. He also outlined the challenges that lie ahead, including immigration.

chuck donnie nancyLast night, the world watched President Donald Trump give his first State of the Union speech. Politically, it resonated throughout America.  What about in Louisiana?  More broadly, what can politicians and legislators learn from the Trump phenomena as they approach the upcoming elections and the legislative session?

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